Jan Lundgren – piano
Ulf Wakenius – guitar
Hans Backenroth – bass
Kristian Leth (DK) – drums
Welcome to a concert of classics that focuses on the best original compositions by two giants in jazz – Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington.
Oscar Peterson (1925–2007) is considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time and wrote songs such as “Cakewalk” and “Hymn to Freedom”. The legendary bandleader and pianist Duke Ellington (1899–1974) penned jazz standards such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Caravan”
Pianist Jan Lundgren cites Oscar Peterson as one of his earliest and most important jazz influences with the album “Night Train” (1963) by the Oscar Peterson Trio a particular inspiration when he first heard it at the age of 15.
Ulf Wakenius was guitarist in the Oscar Peterson Quartet for almost 11 years, until Peterson’s death in 2007. They played together on albums such as “Trail of Dreams” (2000) and “A Summer Night in Munich” (1999).